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Learning to love Blackboard? Moving the MSc in Epidemiology online during the pandemic

Penny Whiting and Kaitlin Wade met the challenge of moving their MSc programme online during the pandemic. By exploring guides and experimenting with the tools available, as well as attending the BILT Digital Design course, they successfully moved their programmes online using Blackboard, Xerte, Padlet, Mentimeter, YouTube and VideoScribe. Student feedback has been positive, and …

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Making a synchronous online seminar engaging: cardiology case-study focused session (Blackboard Collaborate)

Angus Nightingale designed a cardiology seminar to hook students’ interest ahead of interacting with case studies. 54 of 69 students who responded to a survey identified this session as useful or inspiring. Following an initial icebreaker, Angus asked students to identify abnormalities in 6 ECGs. This initial quiz question kept students intrigued; the ECGs were …

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GP teaching with Microsoft Teams

Simon Thornton and Ciaran Conway organised year 3 GP teaching using Microsoft Teams. They used a Teams space with a channel for each GP practice to connect home-based students with their assigned placements. The spaces worked well, with interaction increasing as the placements progressed. Some elements, including weekly GP drop-in sessions, will be retained in …

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Interactive cased-based, remote radiology tutorial

Like most educators, David Little had to tackle the challenges of teaching remotely during the pandemic, interacting with students he couldn’t see. Thankfully, the session and subject (year 3 radiology) lent themselves to online delivery. With some adjustment, David successfully delivered a highly visual, interactive session. He achieved engagement through pre-materials, a quiz-based discursive approach, …

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iBSc (Hons) Bioethics: pandemic pedagogy

The iBSc Bioethics programme team (Zuzana Deans, Richard Huxtable and Jonathan Ives) responded to COVID, flipping the programme to make the best of the teaching modes available. For the ‘Introduction to Bioethics’ unit, the team replaced the old model (2 hour interactive lectures, reading tasks, and research seminars) with 3×20 minute videos, individual tasks, online …

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Using Mentimeter to engage students: Scott Paterson – School of Anatomy (video presentation/demo)

Scott used Mentimeter (an online polling tool) in the classroom pre-COVID to engage students and develop a dialogue. With the pivot to online, Scott employed Menti during synchronous webinar teaching to help reduce the “transactional distance” (remoteness) with students. Through Menti, Scott builds a sense of community with his class. A range of feedback options …

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Pivoting successful workshop to online: sexual health history taking

Professor Paddy Horner and the Unity Sexual Health Team successfully delivered sexual health teaching to 65 students, replicating the aims and objectives of an existing 3-day face-to-face workshop. The new 2-day online version comprised: Day 1 – asynchronous a mix of pre-recorded lectures, case-based learning activities with model answers, followed by online quiz (built with Xerte) Day 2 – synchronous sexual history taking workshop and two case-based learning …

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